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New York Mets vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (55-93) at New York Mets (78-69)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

E Santana (7-10) (3.58) vs. Seth Lugo (4-2) (2.40)

The Line: New York Mets -155 / Minnesota Twins +135 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


Over at Citi Field in Flushing, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets will be continuing their MLB series on Saturday. 

In Friday’s opener, New York secured a 3-0 win. 

New York Mets vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Pitching for the Twins on Saturday will be RHP Ervin Santana. In his 27 starts and 7-10 record this year, Santana holds a 3.53 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in 163.1 innings. Taking a no-decision against the Tigers his last time out, Santana put up five innings with three hits and one earned. 

It’s not hard to find the big hitters in the Minnesota order. Brian Dozier has hit 159 times with 41 homers, 98 RBI and 99 runs. Joe Mauer is second with 129 hits, 68 runs and 49 RBI. Eduardo Nunez has hit 110 times with 49 runs and 47 RBI. 

Over on the Mets’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Seth Lugo on Saturday. In his 14 games and five starts with a 4-2 record this year, Lugo holds a 2.40 ERA With a 0.99 WHIP in 48.2 innings. Lugo put up a win his last time out in Atlanta with seven innings, six hits and two earned. 

The Mets have some notable hitters as well. Asdrubal Cabrera has hit 129 times with 59 runs and 49 RBI. Yoenis Cespedes is sitting on 122 hits with 64 runs, 30 homers and 80 RBI. Neil Walker holds 116 hits with 57 runs, 23 homers and 55 RBI. 

The Twins are 2-6 in their last eight game twos of a series, and 6-2 in Santana’s last eight starts with four days’ rest. Minnesota is also 4-9 in Santana’s last 13 road starts, and 8-20 in Santana’s last 28 starts. 

As for the Mets, they’re 5-1 in their last six game twos of a series, and 4-1 in their last five Saturday games. New York is also 4-0 in Lugo’s last four starts, and 4-0 in Lugo’s last four starts on grass. 

I like Lugo in the starting pitching matchup here, and I think the Mets won’t have a whole lot of trouble getting a victory here.

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